Technology and land grabs: Redefining peasantry in Africa

I came across the word “peasant” as a small boy in 1979. That was my second year of learning the English language when government Census officials came knocking on our door in Western Kenya armed with two big English words I had never heard before; “Occupation” and “Peasant!”

Africa: Tractored out by “land grabs”?

Mohammed Mbwana, who farms in the Tana River delta area and is an official of a local NGO, said the Qatar agreement would displace thousands of locals. At least 150,000 families in farming and pastoralist communities depend on the land in question, said to be part of Kenya’s biggest wetland.

Grève du sexe, ventes de terres : les conversations de Nairobi

Le débat tourne plutôt sur la question de la vente ou non des terres aux étrangers, et non aux riches nationaux... Et si les écologistes conservateurs multiplient lobbying et pressions pour faire capoter les contrats, il ne s'agit pas pour eux de défendre les intérêts des fermiers.

Learning tricks of the trade

Some Gulf countries may now be realising the importance of offering direct loans to African countries as a means to increase Arab investment.

Gulf Africa Strategy Forum 2009

The lack of systematic collection of data and categorising private and official investments from the Gulf has made it difficult to reach an accurate estimate of total investments, made so far.